Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:16 PM
Thanks tiredblood - I have always maintained the required fasting ritual with Tasigna, so I do not think that is it. Right now I am taking my pill around 8 AM and not eating until around noon.
Worst continuing side effect is dry mouth/swollen salivary glands. This issue worsens progressively through the day and usually peaks between 7 and 9 PM. I am on a bazillion things to combat - Caphosol mouthwash; pilocarpine drops; various Biotene products; sugafree gum; sugar-free lemon drops; nothing to drink except plain water. The dose reductions have reduced the severity of this issue but it is still with me.
At the end of the day, I know I am very lucky compared to many on TKI's. My response has permitted rapid dose reduction which has alleviated most serious side effects, which included a 4 month outbreak of skin cancers, persistent but benign premature atrial contractions and multiple swollen salivary gland incidents. Perhaps I am asking for too much to want this last side effect to go away. The goal is to try cessation in 2 more years if I continue to maintain better than MR 4.5.
Dx 9/26/16 WBC 28800; platelets 749; FISH 97% PCR 43%
Tasigna 600MG per day
October 2016 PCR 22% IS
November 2016 PCR 5.8% IS
December 2016 PCR 0.1% IS MMR!!
March 10, 2017 PCR 0.006% IS MR 4.22
Tasigna 450MG per day
April 5, 2017 PCR <.003% IS
June 5, 2017 PCR <.003% IS (dose reduction validated!!!)
Tasigna 300MG per day starting June 15, 2017
6-day drug break starting June 20, 2017 due to multiple AE's
July 24, 2017 PCR <.003% IS
September 18, 2017 Negative, AKA PCRU
Tasigna 150mg per day starting 9/18/17
October 30, 2017 Negative
December 11, 2017 Negative